Classic Warrior Tank Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Oct 13, 2019 at 15:02 by Seksixeny 15 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Warrior Tank in WoW Classic.

1.

Gearing Strategy for Tank Warriors

While a clear best in slot list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Depending on your race, you might want different items as well, as swords or maces are more powerful for Humans, due to Sword Specialization Icon Sword Specialization and Mace Specialization Icon Mace Specialization, and axes are more powerful for Orcs, due to Axe Specialization Icon Axe Specialization.

Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.

2.

WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion. This guide currently contains information relevant to Phase 1, including Dire Maul gear as it is being launched ahead of schedule.

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Warrior Tank Pre-Raid Best in Slot List

You should make sure to not go over 6% extra Hit chance cap as a Human or Orc when taking advantage of your weapon skill racials, or the 9% Hit chance cap with other races and weapons. This is the gear we recommend for tanking as a Warrior before setting foot in Molten Core or Onyxia's Lair.

On a special note, the Valor set 2 piece bonus grants 200 Armor and is easy enough to get that we would like to recommend using it if you can. Using 4 pieces for the 40 Attack Power bonus is also a decent bonus, which you can obtain if you use all of our recommended Valor pieces below (Spaulders of Valor Icon Spaulders of Valor, Bracers of Valor Icon Bracers of Valor, Legplates of Valor Icon Legplates of Valor and Boots of Valor Icon Boots of Valor).

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulder
Cloak
Chest
Wrists
Gloves
Belt
Legs
Boots
Rings
Trinkets
Main-Hand
Shield
Ranged

*Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards grant +7 weapon skill with the most common tanking weapon types. The first +5 weapon skill grants you a huge threat gain, as explained in the Warrior Tank Weapon Skill page section, with further points rapidly diminishing in value. While these gloves will not frequently be used by tanks, their value for threat generation when you are using weapons you have only 300 skill with, is undeniable.

While most of the gear on display is defensively oriented, you can find more threat options in the DPS Warrior Gear page, which is optimized for maximum DPS, which directly converts into additional threat for the most part for Tank Warriors.

4.

Warrior Tank Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

We will list the best gear you can have in Phase 1, including Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair, below. Warrior Tier 1 gear, Battlegear of Might is great for Warrior Tanks, and you can gain a lot of value from the 3 set bonus, which increases your shield's block value by 30 and from the final, 8 set bonus, which increases the threat generation of Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor by 15%.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulder
Cloak
Chest
Wrists
Gloves
  • World drop BoE
  • Lucifron in Molten Core
Belt
  • Ragnaros in Molten Core
  • Molten Core drop BoE
Legs
Boots
  • Gehennas in Molten Core
  • Side bosses in Scholomance
Rings
Trinkets
Main-Hand
Shield
Ranged

*As explained before, Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards will allow you to have a 6% Hit cap with any race, as long as you are using Axes, Daggers or Swords. This is a huge benefit when it bumps you from 300 weapon skill to 307, but not worth it when you were already at 305 or above to begin with. Plan your gear accordingly.

5.

Fire Resistance Gear for Warrior Tanks

While doing Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair, it is possible you will need some Fire Resistance gear, especially for Ragnaros. The pieces we list are the ones that grant significant Fire Resistance and do not drop from Molten Core itself. If you loot powerful gear with Fire Resistance on it during your Molten Core clears, replace whatever pieces you are still wearing of the following:

Slot Item Source
Helm Gyth's Skull Icon Gyth's Skull (of Fire Resistance) Gyth in Upper Blackrock Spire
Neck Drakefire Amulet Icon Drakefire Amulet Onyxia's Lair Attunement Quest
Shoulder
Cloak
Chest
Wrists Emberplate Armguards Icon Emberplate Armguards (of Fire Resistance) Lord Incendius in Blackrock Depths
Gloves Molten Fists Icon Molten Fists Ambassador Flamelash in Blackrock Depths
Belt Flamescarred Girdle Icon Flamescarred Girdle Maleki the Pallid in (side-entrance) Stratholme
Legs
Boots
Ring #1 Ocean's Breeze Icon Ocean's Breeze A Hero's Reward quest in Azshara (Hydraxian Waterlords)
Ring #2 Prismatic Band Icon Prismatic Band (of Fire Resistance) World drop BoE
Trinket 1
Trinket 2
One-Hand Alcor's Sunrazor Icon Alcor's Sunrazor World drop BoE
Shield Draconian Deflector Icon Draconian Deflector General Drakkisath in Upper Blackrock Spire

Finally, do not forget you can also complement your Fire Resistance gear with consumables such as Greater Fire Protection Potion Icon Greater Fire Protection Potion, Juju Ember Icon Juju Ember, the Libram of Resilience leg and head enchant, the Enchant Cloak - Fire Resistance Icon Enchant Cloak - Fire Resistance cloak enchant, and the Flame Mantle of the Dawn Icon Flame Mantle of the Dawn shoulder enchant.

6.

Warrior Weapons

Since weapons are such a broad topic, we have written a full guide about Warrior weapons.

7.

Special gear for Tank Warriors

Some items, which are not powerful enough to be in the best in slot list, have special properties that make them very valuable to acquire for specific encounters or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items for the current phase, and their effects and application below:

  • Annihilator Icon Annihilator (or the less expensive, less powerful Rivenspike Icon Rivenspike and Bashguuder Icon Bashguuder) allows you to reduce an enemy's armor by up to 600 for your whole group, making it a very powerful weapon swap. Use it at the start of an encounter to quickly full debuff the boss, and then swap to your normal weapon to take advantage of the lowered armor.
  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. This is great when tanking bosses with dangerous bleed debuffs such as High Priest Thekal's bleed, Speed Slash IconSpeed Slash. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.
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Changelog

  • 13 Oct. 2019: Added Phase One Molten Core / Onyxia gear bis list.
  • 11 Oct. 2019: Added Dire Maul gear and reworked the pre-raid best in slot list.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: Added new special gear to the list and changed the position of this list to the bottom of the guide.
  • 21 Jul. 2019: Removed some weak gear recommendations to make the best in slot list more accurate and easy to read.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: Updated some gear recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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